Picking up more or less exactly where The Eyre Affair
left off, this sequel follows the adventures of literary detective Thursday Next as she goes into the Great Library to retrieve her husband, Landen, who has been eradicated by Goliath Corporation in retaliation for leaving Jack Schitt inside the pages of The Raven
. Along the way she meets Miss Havisham and learns the ins and outs of being a Prose Resource Operative, a literary detective who operates inside the world of the books.
Not a lot to say here. It's just fun, diversion reading that's surprisingly smart. Lots of winking and rib-poking and tongue-in-cheeking. There are some elements of Fforde's imagined world that don't quite work if you think about it too hard, but it's a thoroughly enjoyable read if you just go with it.
Things aren't entirely resolved by the end of this book, leading nicely into the third installment. I know I'll eventually get around to reading The Well of Lost Plots
, but it might be nice if the books were just a little more stand-alone.